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» From "Los Angeles 09/25/2011" // September 26, 2011 8:12:53 AM UTC
I have seen DT live since the late 90's (with Metropolis pt. 2) and I've seen them in different cities through out the US. Despite being a long-time fan of DT, I think that this was the worst DT show I've seen. The sound was great, the lights were spot on, and all the band members had an amazing night. However, the choice of venue and the set list were a big letdown. This venue was so big that it was difficult to really admire these guys while they play (I had to use the big screen). I remember seeing DT during their World Turbulence Tour in Chicago. That show lasted about 4 hrs, and they played the entire master of puppets album! The venue was much smaller and it was great to see these wizards make some music.
This time around the venue was the complete opposite: big venue, assigned seating and the place wasn't sold out.
How about playing 2 or 3 nights at a smaller venue that would be sold out? Watching DT at a big venue like the Nokia Theater takes away from the experience of watching this great band live. It seems as if they played in LA just to cross it off their list. Even their show at the Greek Theater in 2009 (which is a big venue) was much more entertaining: Vai and Zappa joined the band on the stage!
Still, I love DT. Mangini is great, and I hope that later on he will interact more with the audience (a bit like Portnoy). Pretty happy to see JM take the spotlight a few times!
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